Two psychiatrists who spoke with Casey Anthony before her murder trial reported that she displayed no evidence of having a mental illness, according to deposition transcripts that were unsealed Wednesday.
During her psychological evaluations with Dr. Jeffrey Danziger and Dr. William Weitz, Anthony revealed that her daughter Caylee may have been conceived as the result of a date rape in October or November 2004, reports the Orlando Sentinel, the paper that requested to make the deposition public.
Anthony initially told the doctors she believed her father, George, was Caylee’s father, but when DNA evidence showed that wasn’t the case, she reported that she had attended a party where she “blacked out” and may have been impregnated, according to the Sentinel.
She told Dr. Weitz that her daughter was “the most meaningful part of my life for three years,” according to his deposition.
As reported by the Sentinel, Anthony also accused her father and brother of sexually abusing her, and told the doctors she believed her father may have drowned Caylee in mid-June 2008 – an argument that was later used by her defense lawyer, Jose Baez, at the trial.
“It is the perception of Casey that her father had something to do with the death of her daughter,” Weitz said in his deposition. “It’s clear that she believes that George either harmed and/or took the life of [Caylee].”
In his evaluation of Anthony, Dr. Danzinger reported that she displayed “no grandiose or paranoid delusions, no homicidal ideas and had no feelings of guilt,” the deposition shows.
He went on to describe Anthony’s “surprisingly cheerful” demeanor as “puzzling.”
When speaking to prosecutors, Danzinger said he “lost sleep” over whether or not to report Anthony’s accusations against her father, the Sentinel reports.
“I am very troubled about being a vector by which statements she made may accuse others of crimes past and present. I don’t know what to do,” Danziger said. “I am just deeply worried that I’m doing the wrong thing.”
Dr. Weitz, according to the Sentinel described Anthony as seeming “detached from a lot of her feeling and emotions” and said she “uses lies as a protective measure. She admits to not always being truthful; that for her, it’s a protection.”